Movers & Shakers: Janette Barnard of Merck Animal Health Ventures & Prime Future

Judging by her Instagram account, you might think Janette Barnard is simply a cactus connoisseur. But don’t let her love of nature fool you.  The Arizona native has a back pocket of professional experiences across the food value chain that could rival the best in the business. Her professional ride has zigzagged from early experiences […]

Movers & Shakers: Scott Stump with the National FFA Organization

Scott Stump believes in the future of agriculture…like, really believes in it. So much so that this past summer, he was selected to serve as the CEO of the National FFA Organization—an organization of over 700,000 agricultural education students from across the country who are developing leadership skills and preparing for careers in agriculture. From […]

Movers & Shakers: Amie Osborn of First Farmers Bank & Trust

Amie Osborn never could have predicted her path when she stepped into her first agriculture class in high school.  The California native fell in love with the industry (and FFA!) and it led her to pursue her education in agricultural business and a master’s degree in agricultural economics that moved her and her husband, Vince, […]

Movers & Shakers: Jesse Vollmar of Bushel

Jesse Vollmar grew up on a traditional row crop farm in Michigan… with a twist.  A 1993 decision by the family positioned the farm as an early pioneer, pivoting to 100% organic production. And while the pivot was bold, it was also extremely strategic, giving the farm access to new markets and economic opportunities while […]

Movers & Shakers: Tara Vander Dussen of New Mexico Milkmaid

It took a once-in-a-lifetime blizzard in New Mexico for Tara Vander Dussen to sit down and start a blog nearly 6 years ago.  Fast forward to today, and the New Mexico Milkmaid has made quite a splash, creating content and building awareness for the dairy industry she loves. Oh, and doing so while building up […]

Movers & Shakers: Britany Wondercheck of Farm Girl Next Door

Britany Wondercheck didn’t get her entrepreneurial chops from agriculture as one might think of a farm girl raised in northeast Nebraska. In fact, the Farm Girl Next Door found her footing early on when she started a cake and cupcake decorating business in high school. And the rest, they say, is history.  Between churning out […]

Movers & Shakers: Shane Thomas of Upstream Ag Insights

If you know anything about Shane Thomas, you might be surprised to learn his original major in college was Psychology. But at second glance, it might have been foreshadowing his eventual path: creating compelling content at the intersection of human behavior and agribusiness. With a professional journey that led him from being a senior agronomist […]

Movers & Shakers: Kassi Tom-Rowland of Tom Farms

If you didn’t catch the family name, you might never guess that Kassi Tom-Rowland is helping lead one of the largest, most progressive family farms in the country.  The charming, Midwest-nice mom and wife is filling multiple roles at her family’s well-known operation, Tom Farms, in northern Indiana. When she’s not running the ‘People’ function […]

Movers & Shakers: BJ Brugman of Distynct

BJ Brugman dreamed of being a manager of a professional baseball team. While most kids would seek the limelight as a player, BJ knew his skills on the field weren’t up to par, so he imagined the business route instead. But when you come from a family of farmers and agribusiness folks, you can’t help […]

Movers & Shakers: Jen Hartmann of John Deere

Imagine crafting a tweet for John Deere.  Not the hardy blacksmith we credit as an American entrepreneur, but the behemoth equipment company he founded in 1837 that is now worth $110 billion – with a b. Where do you even begin to spell out 280 characters that live up to the hype of one of […]

Movers & Shakers: Amber Bristow of #crAMBERryChats

Describing herself as a ‘cranberry cowboy,’ Amber Bristow knows her story in production agriculture is unique. After snagging a degree in Sports Management (‘because that’s what all the farm kids do, right?’ she asks) and taking on a brief stint in an office job, she felt the pull to return to her family’s farm in […]

Movers & Shakers: Scott Uknes and Eric Ward of AgBiome

When they aren’t busy changing the face of biological crop protection, Eric Ward and Scott Uknes could be up to a whole list of activities: road cycling, studying up on work cultures, or even consuming books and documentaries on European musical legends. The AgBiome co-founders are a unique pair, each sporting an impressive resume that’s […]

Movers & Shakers: Tyson and Cally of Ag Aviation Adventures

Tyson and Cally of Ag Aviation Adventures are not your average young ag professionals. During the growing season, you’ll find them based in Minnesota as they work with farmers and co-ops for all their crop-dusting needs. But in the offseason, you can expect them to disappear to the mountains (or somewhere warm!) to get their […]